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  • Keeping face in centre of frame?

    Posted by Holly Amott on August 23, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Hi all,

    I have a client who needs a reaction video done, but they move around a lot which messes up my mask framing. If I try to keyframe them moving around to the centre then it moves the mask position around as well, instead of moving just the video itself if that makes sense…? Like they end up floating around the screen a bit.

    Probably something simple but looking for advice. I could export it to after effects but the video is 40 minutes long and I think exporting would take ages?


    Aivis Zons replied 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Aivis Zons

    August 24, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Manual masking in such a setup would be quite the task. If you’re using the latest version of Vegas Pro I recommend you give the “Smart Mask” plugin a try. This is a relatively new feature and I find it rather unreliable (haven’t yet tested on VP21), but you might have some better luck. I recommend checking out a video tutorial for it, it’s not super straight-forward.

    If Smart Mask doesn’t work at all, then a slightly more manual process would be to add Bezeir Masking, create your mask, click on Motion Tracking and track through all of the footage. You might need multiple masks, like one for the head/face, one for shoulders/body, arms, etc.

    Another approach is applying stabilization with “Video Stabilization” plugin. You might have to move it before “Pan/Crop” in the plugin chain. This approach might produce somewhat jittery/weirdly stabilized results though, needs a lot of fine-tuning.

    Overall I’d say that tracking is still an area where Vegas Pro is somewhat behind. Many aspects of the process are surprisingly unintuitive (at least up to Vegas Pro 20), if possible I suggest looking into some AI tools/plugins to help with this task.

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